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Head back to school with clear skin

Back-to-school 2020 is nearly unrecognizable from years past. For some, returning to the classroom may involve shopping for masks, coaching students and teachers on social distancing, and navigating rotating schedules. For others, it may be setting up laptops, learning how to access virtual classrooms, and recruiting neighbors into learning pods. Due to so many changes and uncertainties, it’s more important than ever to manage back-to-school apprehension. Addressing conditions like acne, which can intensify anxiety, can make the transition easier for anyone coping with the disorder - student or teacher.

More than skin deep.

While we often think of the physical toll of acne, its effects go much deeper. What is commonly and incorrectly viewed as a right-of-passage for many teens and young adults can profoundly impact classroom performance and mental health. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “people with acne have said that their skin makes them feel unattractive, embarrassed, or self-conscious. These feelings can cause some teens to avoid trying out for sports, getting a part-time job, or participating in class.” Even more alarming, studies show that acne patients are 60% more likely to be diagnosed with major depressive disorder than the general population.

Too busy for the doctor?

Getting any medical appointment can feel like an impossible task these days. Scheduling is already a challenge. With quarantine regulations, PPE requirements, and fitting another assignment onto a packed calendar, it’s tempting to postpone dermatology appointments until life is less hectic. However, acting now is the best way to ensure clear skin for the new school year. Why? Because many medications - especially those for acne - take several weeks to a month to work. Starting a regimen with a board-certified dermatologist today will have you looking and feeling your best in time for the classroom or Zoom lessons.

Take care online.

Computers, tablets, and phones aren’t just a link to academia. With DermatologistOnCall, you can conduct a visit immediately from your smartphone, laptop, or other mobile devices - no appointment needed. A visit takes about 10 minutes and all cases are reviewed by board-certified dermatologists. In an average of 18 hours, DOC patients have a diagnosis, treatment plan, and prescriptions sent directly to the pharmacy (traditional or mail-order, it’s the patient’s choice) if necessary.

Sources:

Acne can affect more than your skin. American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/acne-emotional-effects

Risk of depression among patients with acne in the U.K.: a population‐based cohort study I.A. Vallerand R.T. Lewinson L.M. Parsons M.W. Lowerison A.D. Frolkis G.G. Kaplan C. Barnabe A.G.M. Bulloch S.B. Patten